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Kirstie Alley: 'It Was The Greatest Thing In The World Getting Fat'

Posted 01.17.2013 | Entertainment

Kirstie Alley covers May's Ladies' Home Journal. At 230 pounds (her weight when she last stepped on the scale at the time of the interview) she was "d...

Our Relationship With The Church: Owning The Shadow And Growing Up

J. Pittman McGehee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
J. Pittman McGehee

A free person would no longer willingly go to a church out of a superstitious fear of punishment or an obligation to legalism.

The Religion of LOST

James Altucher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Altucher

Like all good religions, this is not just philosophy but magic. Moses parts the red sea. Jesus turns water to wine and raises the dead. By succumbing to the wishes of the island, all good things can happen.

Sports And The American Soul

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Yesterday, for those with eyes to see, our sports gave us a vision of the American soul. Even those who aren't big fans cheer when games reveal what is good and hopeful among us.

The Devil In The Vatican

Sander Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sander Hicks

If you claim the authority of God, but don't do what God would do, then what do you turn into? You are like a dog asleep in a manger, not eating the food of life, and blocking others as you sleep.

Why I Stay: A Parable From A Progressive Catholic

Mary C. Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mary C. Gordon

How do some of us stay in the Church? In grief, in sadness, with a resolve not to be shut out by those who say they are speaking in the name of the Father. The Church is not an institution; it is the people.

Church To Abused Wife: "Stay With Him"

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

This letter, from an abused wife, came in last week. I'm sad to say it's typical -- especially the part about how this woman's church "family" responded to her suffering.

"Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin" And Other Modern-Day Heresies

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

I believe those Christians who "hate" LGBT sexualities and gender expressions while allegedly "loving" LGBT people are nothing more than modern-day gnostics, who were condemned as heretical by early Church theologians.

Varanasi: India's Holy City (PHOTOS)

Rajan P. Parrikar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rajan P. Parrikar

In this holy place beats the heart of an ancient civilization.

A Little Boost for Immortality

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Gradually science has had to confront the possibility of immortality -- not yet for the soul but for the basic fabric of the universe.

God's Nonviolent Conversion

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

Which God will we pledge our allegiance to: the tribal warrior Father or his "converted" risen Son?

Jewish Folklore Rides Again With Rabbi Harvey Of The Wild West (PHOTOS)

David Crumm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Crumm

Steve Sheinkin's graphic novels contain real-life Jewish wisdom embodied in Rabbi Harvey, a tough, tall, black-garbed hero who looks like Clint Eastwood's Jewish cousin -- except that Harvey always shoots from his brain, never from his hip.

Studies Find Patterns Of Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002 commissioned a series of surveys and studies on the roots of the clergy sex abuse crisis from the John...

Quantum Consciousness: Our Evolution, Our Salvation

Ervin Laszlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ervin Laszlo

Quantum consciousness is a consciousness of directly intuited, felt connection to the world. It inspires empathy with people and with nature; it brings an experience of oneness and belonging.

Why Do Evangelicals Dislike Me So Much?

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

It's not hard to fall out with the most conservative elements of any religious community. One of the ways conservative authority figures multiply their power is by keeping moderate elements afraid of becoming the objects of conservative ire.

Finding Gold in the Mud

Locke Rush | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Locke Rush

I learned that summer what I was made of. I stretched beyond what I thought was possible and became aware of my potential like never before.

Obama Family Attends Easter Services At Allen Chapel AME Church In Washington DC

AP | NATASHA T. METZLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and his family marked the Easter holiday by attending a music-filled service at a historically black Methodi...

Church Abuse Scandal: Cardinal Defends Pope Against 'Gossip,' Hails Him As 'Unfailing' Leader At Easter Mass

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — It was the Catholic calendar's holiest moment – the Mass celebrating the resurrection of Christ. But with Pope Benedict XVI...

A Journey into America, Past and Present

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Akbar Ahmed

Muslims are for Americans what the Russians were for Churchill: "A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." While the post-9/11 period brought...

Orrin Hatch On Gays: 'Their Religion Is Politics'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says that Republicans need to get the money flowing the way the gay community does for Democrats -- though it helps, he said...

Reproductive Fraud? Sham Pregnancy Centers Face Pushback

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

It's increasingly difficult to figure out which of the numerous organizations claiming to offer "reproductive health services" actually provide termination referrals and which are merely sham clinics established by right-wing religious activists.

Believe It or Not

David Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Horton

I'm an atheist. I'm happy in my atheism, there being no god means the world is a much more interesting and challenging place. But again, I'm not going to preach the word of Dawkins on street corners.

Being 'Spiritual' Versus Being 'Religious'

Marlise Karlin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marlise Karlin

We can release what separates us: concepts like "spiritual" or "religious" need not be divisive. If we focus on allowing the source of truth in our heart to bring us together without judgment.

There Is a Beauty Within You #24: A Point of Awareness Embraced By Love

Bob Lingvall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bob Lingvall

When love and awareness meet you receive your birthright, creating space and time, universe and mind, giving birth to bliss. See clearly for yourself the essence of all that is.

Prosecutors Investigating Top Archbishop In Germany

AP | JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — German prosecutors are investigating allegations that the country's top Roman Catholic cleric was responsible in the 1980s for hiring a...